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UK Looks to Rivers for Heat Pump Energy

Linda Hardesty

A map published by the UK government finds that there are around 40 urban rivers and estuaries in Britain that could provide large-scale renewable heating supplies to local communities through water source heat pumps, instead of traditional gas-fired or electric heating. Water source heat pumps operate by taking heat from the water and feeding it   …Continue Reading

Slovakian City Uses Waste-to-Energy System for Heating

Linda Hardesty

ElectraTherm commissioned 10 Green Machine 4400s for the city of Levice, Slovakia in June 2014. ElectraTherm’s Czech distributor, GB Consulting, facilitated the deployment of organic rankine cycle (ORC) systems on a centralized district heating system in Slovakia as a means of increasing on-site efficiency and generating clean energy. To date, the site has accumulated over   …Continue Reading

New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading

Grants Available for Energy Resiliency

William Opalka

Massachusetts has created the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, a $40 million grant program intended to help ensure energy resiliency at critical facilities . State funding will be made available to cities and towns that identify the facilities in their community where loss of electrical service would result in disruption of critical public safety functions,   …Continue Reading

$80M Geothermal Energy Plant Serves Ball State University

Linda Hardesty

Ball State University in Indiana is retiring its four coal-fired boilers after almost 70 years of use and replacing them with a district closed geothermal energy system. The $80 million geothermal project – consisting of 3,600 boreholes – will heat and cool 47 buildings on campus. The changeover takes the school from consuming about 36,000   …Continue Reading

Canadian Solar Opens Microgrid Testing Center

Linda Hardesty

Guelph, Ontario is making a name for itself as a microgrid and district energy center. Last week, Canadian Solar opened the Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre, which will focus on micro-grid testing and design as well as smart grid assessment services. The testing facility, partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, will be located   …Continue Reading

Veolia, Wheelabrator Extend Steam Supply Agreement

Linda Hardesty

Veolia Energy North America has extended its 28-year partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a renewable waste-to-energy company with operations in Baltimore since 1985. The steam generated by renewable energy at Wheelabrator’s Baltimore facility supplies nearly 50 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its central Baltimore district energy system. Wheelabrator converts post-recycled everyday household waste from   …Continue Reading

Canadian Town Builds District Energy Network

Linda Hardesty

A new high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph, Ontario, is the first step toward building a city-wide district energy network. Guelph has announced a plan for an interconnected thermal grid to serve industrial, commercial and residential buildings across the city. The first of many planned district energy facilities began operating   …Continue Reading

Is the Grid Ready for Distributed Resources?

William Opalka

The utility industry’s research arm has started studies of the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DER) and how best to integrate them into the grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is studying the transformation of the electric power grid brought about by large numbers of rooftop solar panels and high tech microgrids. Few   …Continue Reading

Duluth May Update Downtown’s Central Heating

William Opalka

A centralized plant that uses water from Lake Superior to heat 180 downtown Duluth buildings is due for an upgrade. The plant, which has operated for 81 years, draws frigid lake water to be heated by a coal-fired furnace and then pipes steam to downtown businesses. The plant is inspired by a similar system in   …Continue Reading

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